Have moved in, kind of…

Just a quick update.

The move went ahead a couple of weeks ago and we got moved in by the skin of our teeth!

* The removal men turned up over an hour late.
* Couldn’t fit everything in the van (should have got a larger one).
* We got held up so my parents (who live in Swindon where we have moved to) had to collect the keys (before the letting agency closed) and let the removal men in.

We’ve still got about 30 boxes to unpack and nowhere to put things but am getting there SLOWLY!

I’ve still got to head back up North this week and empty the rest of the house, clean and make good before handing the keys back over to the agency. It will take me at least a few days as I still find myself in quite a bit of pain from the surgery when doing any lifting for a long period of time so I’m just going to do things slowly. What is left in the house will be donated or will book the council to remove and of course I will have to try and fit in as many boxes in my car as possible AND the gardening equipment. At least now we are on the final home straight!

I’m LOVING our new house. Despite being in an urban location we back on to a park so honestly feel I can breathe. I’ve only used my car ONCE in two weeks since arriving as we are so conveniently located that I am walking everywhere and getting healthier!

Here are a few photos and am really looking forward to getting finally settled with big plans for more recipes/videos.

Thank you for all your support.

C xxxxxx









The 1940s Experiment Pinterest Page

In many ways, I’m quite excited about being jobless for the next month or two. It means I can catch up with the things I love doing online such as my Pinterest page! To be quite honest it had been so long I’d almost forgotten about it…

If you are interested in WW2 recipes and vintage leaflets etc I’ve got a pretty decent collection going on! https://www.pinterest.co.uk/1940sexperiment/

C xxxxx

Almost debt free and here is our next home!

I paid off my second to last debt yesterday and realised that after 2 years of mostly very frugal living, no holidays, mostly not going out or eating out (unless it was free!), and buying things secondhand, I’ve managed to pay-off around £9000 in debt! I have one more debt to pay and then I will be TOTALLY DEBT FREE!!!

It’s not as if I acquired debt through mismanagement of funds or greed, it was simply life struggles. I spent many years commuting back and forth to work spending over £300 a month in petrol and I helped support my family at times and one income into a household while paying all these things, no matter how much you cut things back, just doesn’t seem to stretch very far!

Moving near work helped enormously. At that stage (2.5 years ago) I was able to start saving and pay down the old debt bit by bit. It seems to have been forever but FINALLY I can see the winning post and it is giving me a huge sense of accomplishment.

I’m not ‘out of the woods’ quite yet though. Right now I have no income and I need to secure a job once we move house in 2 weeks time (how the hell am I going to pack up everything in 2 weeks!!). Renting is so much more expensive in Wiltshire than it is in South Yorkshire too!

Nevertheless today we got the good news that our referencing and credit checks had been completed and we are officially moving into our next rental. It’s an old townhouse but it has a garden which backs on to a park so it gave me a sense of more tranquility than you’d expect. My dream is to live back in the countryside one day…

But for now, SWINDON, HERE WE COME!

Moving soon and looking for work!

It looks like we’ll be relocating to a different part of the country on January 23rd!

Soooo I am currently looking for a part-time or full-time position as a digital media coordinator or a communications officer in Swindon and am available to start mid-February. My passions in addition to digital/media/communications are people! Please can you take a moment to view my online CV & portfolio, it would be much appreciated. PS: Today I will be applying for my first job now my online portfolio is completed! Click here >>> https://carolynekins.design/

I am also open to freelance work too (from mid-February)… please view some examples in my portfolio. https://carolynekins.design/design-portfolio/

Thank you so much!
#swindon #jobs #digitalmedia #creative #marketing #people #adobe

Big changes, everything happens at once.

Sorry for being so absent but when things change with me they seem to happen big style and very quickly. A new start, a new beginning, the time was right and I’ve already started packing…

After 5 fantastic years with PMS Diecasting Ltd, next week is my last week at work then I’m relocating in the New Year to Wiltshire to be closer to my family. I have been lucky enough to work with some amazing people and shall miss all their faces when I finish at the end of this month. Being ever practical I am now looking for opportunities in the #swindon area (to start Feb/March) or working remotely and I would love to work with smaller/medium businesses or larger charities, non-profits or good causes. Ultimately I like being hands-on and people are important to me.

Please check out my LINKEDIN profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolynekins/ for my experience, skillset and volunteer work.

I am available in January for smaller remote digital projects until I secure a full-time position. Thank you 🙂

#jobs #charities #volunteering #digital #website #marketing #seo #travel #marketingexecutive #digitalmediacoordinator #socialmedia #nationaltrust #adobe #wordpress #manufacturing #food


Changes: Surgery

There are a couple of major changes happening in my life right now. Both will be a bit painful and challenging for a while but I’m a great believer in not being afraid to embrace change when the time is right.

Today I am on my 3rd day post-op. I had my gallbladder removed on Thursday. I’m sore and exhausted but apart from the pain where the 4 incisions are, that constant dull and depressing rib ache has already gone (had it on and off for years) and I now have the psychological relief that I won’t ever again have a major gallbladder attack which is very painful and very frightening. I’m feeling rather thankful….

Gallstones are a very common medical condition, infact one in four women and one in six men will suffer with gallstones throughout their lives.

I recommend you CLICK HERE to read about gallstones in more depth at GUTS UK.

For me I started getting pain on and off several years ago, more of a dull kind of rib pain. I didn’t notice it very often, and sometimes I’d not feel it for several weeks so it was unimportant to me. I figured if it was something worth worrying about it would become more painful or happen more frequently. And then a couple of years ago I really started to feel the rib pain when I was out hiking or I’d get some really painful zaps top right under my rib cage. Once again these were quick to come and go but the pain in my right side and back of rib was more often there than not and for the first time I began to worry a bit. I’d been working hard on my health earlier this year and after abstaining from processed high fat and high sugar foods I let my hair down over a few days attending a meal and a buffet and the very next day my guts started to really loudly grumble and churn and my rib was very sore. During that night I woke up with a horrific upper right abdominal pain which quite swiftly moved to my right side and around the back of my right rib. It was so painful I literally couldn’t move. I managed to get up out of bed and propped myself up on the sofa. The pain was radiating into my back, was it a heart attack?

I ordered a taxi to take me down to urgent care. It was beginning to ease off little by little but I still had bloods taken, an ECG, urine and obs done including a chest x-ray. All came back normal. Felt like a fraud! They gave me co-codamol extra strength and said it possibly could be gallstones and to see my GP.

By the time I saw my GP I was getting really bad sternum and between shoulder pain, the GP got me in for an ultrasound within 10 days and the US confirmed that I had several large stones about 3 cms in size. Pretty big stones!!! I went back to see my GP who referred me to the surgeon and after that appointment in June I was put on the list to have my gallbladder removed and had my pre-op assessment at the end of July.

I’ve been waiting since then, I’ve had several mini flare ups during this time, nothing as serious as the first time but the constant discomfort has left me exhausted and often unable to go out hiking which was one of the physical activities helping me get fitter and lose weight.

The past couple of months have seen me gain 20 lbs, partly because of not exercising as I’d have liked to be able to do but also that it’s had an impact on my emotional well being at times and I’ve sought comfort in foods I’ve had to avoid to lose weight.

Getting the call for surgery a couple of weeks ago was such a relief and my first nerves only kicked in when the surgeon spoke with me to get my consent 30 minutes before my op. He talked about my obesity, about the possibility of needing an open cholecystectomy and that I had a higher risk of post-op complications because of my BMI. I briefly considered walking right out of there…

And then before I knew it I was in with the anesthetists and slipping quickly away into oblivion and seemingly seconds later waking up in the Day Surgery Centre. I felt dizzy and had to spend several hours on oxygen but everything had gone really well and by 3 pm my oxygen was off and I was trying to chew on a sandwich!

A couple of hours later I was heading home in a taxi with my daughter and the past couple of days have been spent mostly getting lots of rest in bed with frequent light meals and lots of water!

I’ve been walking around more today inbetween sleeping all hours and stitches are due out this Friday.

C xxxxxxx

Maltby Cenotaph, Remembrance Sunday 2019

A little time spent reflecting at Maltby Cenotaph this afternoon. Reading all the little crosses attached to the railings of the children’s playground on my way home was moving. Can’t even begin to imagine xxxxx C